We had some gorgeous sunny weather last weekend.  It brought out the bumble bees who could be heard happily buzzing, face down in the crocus.  

1. Pale Lavender crocus

A pretty clump of these grow in the Rose Garden.  A survivor from a previous garden scheme, these were next to a gravel path which had been grassed over before our time.  I'm going to split them up to encourage their spread, but would ideally like some more.  They are larger than some of the species crocus, but not as large as some of the Dutch ones.  Any suggestions as to what they might be?

This week I listened to a talk given by Fergus Garret of Great Dixter garden on 'Layered Planting through the Season', which has inspired me to add more early bulbs among the shrubs and later perennials.  If you are interested, this talk and others are available to watch on demand here.

2. Primula and Crocus

A few white crocus escaped the notice of a squirrel raiding party, and survived to pop up among these primula. 

3. Foxgloves

I've been moving around some self seeded foxgloves at the back of the Knot Garden.  It probably should have been done in the Autumn, so it will be interesting to see if they do OK.

4. Pulmonaria Sissinghurst White

So far a rather underwhelming plant, which could do with pulling its socks up and actually growing a bit.

5. Hair cut time

No hair cuts for us for a few weeks yet, but time for this clematis to have a good trim.  It had managed to detach itself from the trellis and so, despite being Group 2 (prune lightly) there was nothing for it but to cut most of it away.  Whether it will flower this year, time will tell.

Rosa Golden Showers was another candidate for a haircut.  I'm really undecided about this rose, but since I haven't got round to trying to remove it, I thought at least (at last!) I'd put up some proper wires and train it in.  If it flowers well, it may win a reprieve.

6. Rose garden tidy up

I'm still working my way through the Rose garden removing all those oak leaves and weeds and turning this....

.... into this.

To finish, I thought you might like my impromptu flower arrangement - the cut back perennials awaiting the attentions of the shredder.

That's all from my garden for this week.  Many thanks, as always, to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.


  1. Good work in the rose garden. Very satisfying stuff!

    I very much like the white primroses and crocuses in the pot - simple but effective.

  2. Well done on your rose garden tidy up. I was pondering acquiring Pulmonaria Sissinghurst White to brighten up a shady corner - perhaps I'll need to purchase a few. The purple crocuses are beautiful.

    1. I'm hoping this will be the year it decides to get going and cover some of that bare earth. It's been rather held back by being moved around by me.

  3. I can't help you on the crocus name but it's a lovely one Hortus. As for the rose garden - you have been very busy and it looks so tidy now. Top marks for your white themed planter too. It looks stunning.

  4. Good job ! Here, the haircuts of all my clematis have been done for weeks and I can already see new buds. But they won't burst with this cold weather that we have these days.

  5. Very artistic display pre-shredding! You've been hard at work in the rose garden, what a transformation. I find the spring tidy-up a very satisfying job in the garden. The crocus are lovely, hope you get to find out what they are.

    1. It certainly needs a good tidy and a weeding. Once everything gets growing it's so full I can't get in those borders.

  6. I found a picture of Crocus tomasinianus 'Rubinetta' that looked a pretty good match, but I don't really have a clue.


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